Ok…I am calling this recipe “sneaky” because it has LOTS of veggies in it, but tastes so good that they don’t even notice! I made this dish for the first time a couple of days ago after seeing this recipe on Pinterest. I knew that I had some frozen spinach at home, and this recipe looked too good not to try. I decided to make a few adjustments though. Here’s my version of the recipe:
Sneaky Chicken Pasta Bake
- 8 oz uncooked pasta (I used two different kinds that I had leftover from other meals)
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 c chopped onion
- 1/2 (16 oz) bag frozen spinach
- 1 medium zucchini, shredded
- 1lb boneless chicken
- 1 (14 oz) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 (8 oz) brick cream cheese
- 1/2 c sour cream
- 1½ c shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 375°. Cook pasta according to package directions. If you’re using two different types like I did, make sure to put the longer cooking pasta in earlier if you don’t want texture differences.
- While pasta cooks, cook onion and chicken in a large skillet until nearly cooked through. Season to taste as chicken cooks. I used Nature’s Seasoning, a dash of italian seasoning mix, onion powder, and garlic powder.
- When chicken is almost done, add 1/2 bag of spinach and let it cook a couple of minutes before adding zucchini and tomatoes. When mixture begins to bubble, add cream cheese and sour cream and stir until well incorporated.
- Mix in drained pasta and spread in a large baking dish. Cover and bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes.
- Top with cheese and return to oven until melted.
This dish was SOOO good! We ate it with my homemade rolls (the recipe for which I will post very soon), and everyone was raving about how delicious this supper was. I was just thrilled that no one seemed to notice that there were THREE different veggies in it. I knew I was taking a chance on the boys not eating at all that night because the spinach was easily visible. I never dreamed that ALL THREE of them would want seconds!
Just for clarification, that’s a toddler male, a 6-year-old male, and adult male ALL eating a meal without complaints that did not include hamburger or potatoes. They didn’t even TRY to pick around the spinach or tomatoes. This one is a keeper for sure!
Next time I’m going to double the recipe and freeze the second half to bake another night.